Happy Easter!

We had a pretty good Easter this year. We were supposed to do an Easter Egg Hunt, but it got rescheduled and by that time it just wasn’t convenient for us to go. I don’t think Damien missed out on too much though.

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Frozen yogurt
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He’s so excited to dye the Easter eggs!
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Nice and easy
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Slow and steady
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Yay, we’re done!
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The Easter morning basket inspection–Oh look, a chocolate bunny!
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And Easter eggs!
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withย candy and stickers inside ๐Ÿ™‚
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Time to decorate the eggs!
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Silly Damien with his monster egg
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Decorating his second egg
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This is as far as we got before Damien had enough
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Damien’s money jar! Thanks, Great Grandma Smith! He says he’s saving up for the Lego City game lol.ย 

 

 

Halloween 2014

Trick-or-Treating this year was a lot ofย fun. We all dressed up as Ninja Turtles and it was only a little bit chilly.

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Damien getting ready to go to preschool in his Leonardo costume.
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Me laughing at Scott’s face LOL

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Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelanglo–ready for candy!
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Too cute ๐Ÿ™‚
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Trick-or-treating like a pro
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After we got enough candy, we all sat out front to pass out candy…unfortunately by this point there wasn’t very many kids left. But Damien had tons of fun with this glow-stick sword so it was totally worth it.

ND and Ten Year HS Reunion Trip Complete!

The last two weeks have gone by so quickly! It was a great, relaxing visit. I miss everyone…

 

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Damien is so excited for our adventure!

 

Damien spent a lot of time with Grandpa Hanks this trip and had a lot of fun together ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hanging out in the backyard.
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They played all sorts of games!
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Damien playing a song on his new keyboard for us to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚
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Damien also helped Grandpa with the yardwork. He helped rake, pull weeds and pick up debris. What a good helper!
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Eating cherries.

 

Uncle David works the nightshift at his job, but did come over a lot of evenings to hang out with us.

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An odd game of frisbee…
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Having a great time!
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Relaxing.
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Uncle David and Damien ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Since Damien and I were leaving on the 4th of July, we decided to set off some fireworks a little early. This was Damien’s first experience with them and he was a little bit nervous at the ones that were loud.

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Damien LOVED those snaps that you throw on the ground and they make a little “pop” sound.
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FIRETRUCK! Probably not worth the money… But still cool.
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The boys hanging out and lighting fireworks. Damien always wants to “help”.
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Sparklers!
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Watching fireworks from the backdoor.

 

As I said, it went by so quickly. I did attend my 10 year high school reunion dinner and it was so great to see people! The attendance wasn’t the best so there were quite a few people I didn’t get to see at all. I’m actually kicking myself for not taking ANY pictures. What’s with that? And speaking of pictures, I also didn’t get a family photo this trip either! I must be slipping…

The trip back home to Virginia went great. The ONLY issue was that Damien’s carseat didn’t come in with our flight so the airline lent us a carseat so that we could drive home. The carseat was then delivered to my home later that evening so it wasn’t too much of a hassle.

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Damien entertaining himself before the last flight home.
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Playing on the airport playground equipment. They should have these in EVERY airport!

 

On Saturday Damien and I picked up Katrina from the Yorktown Pet Lodge where she was staying while we were out of town. The lady there said that Katrina was super friendly and there weren’t any problems. I was a little bit nervous that once we got her home that maybe she would be standoff-ish, but she was completely fine.

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She still loves me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Memorial Day Weekend and Exciting News!

Okay for the exciting news first–Scott got an assignment to Langley and it looks like he’ll be here in August!!! He already posted it to Facebook so people probably already know. This has just made my night. So happy ๐Ÿ˜€ Of course I can’t mention it to Damien. I made the mistake of saying something about visiting Grandma and Grandpa and he’s been hasseling me to go to the airport and droning on about how much he misses them (and Uncle David too!). I just keep thinking “I know! I want to go right now too!”

Alright, so we just had a four-day weekend for Memorial Day and I discovered a new park (Huntington Park) that’s only a 20 min drive away from my house, is free and has a beach. YESSSS! Now the only downside is all the people. The park was pretty spectacular. It was pirate themed.

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Shoveling sand. He really justed wanted to get in the water.
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ARGH!
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Down the slide!
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Exploring. The park was HUGE!

Scott spent his Memorial Day weekend in Venice with four other friends/coworkers. Sounds like he had fun sightseeing.

Scott in Venice
My handsome man ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Easter!

We didn’t do very much for Easter this year. I was going to take Damien to an Easter egg hunt event, but it ended up raining most of Saturday so I didn’t feel like leaving the house. Heย got his Easter basket today that Scott helped pick out. Damien was only concerned about the candy and asked me for it throughout the day. We colored in his new coloring book and he liked his balloon thing, although it wasn’t as cool as I thought it was going to be. ย Tomorrow Scott and I are back at work after having a couple of weeks off. Not looking forward to that…

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Scoping out the eggs
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Posing with his Easter basket ๐Ÿ™‚
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Excited for the candy!

The Incorrigible Damien Scott Whitehill

At the beginning of the month I took Damien to the Bounce House for a little fun and exercise. He was really scared at first and wouldn’t touch anything, but he eventually warmed up and had a good time. The place had quite a few of the inflatable play areas so it’s a nice option on really cold days.

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So I’ll now explain the title of the post. Over the last couple months, Damien has been really acting up at daycare. I even had to go pick him up because he injured another kid. Everyday when I go to pick him up, it’s not a matter of whether he hit or pushed the other children, but rather how bad it was. I’m sure he’d act the same at home but I don’t have any other kids for him to beat up on. Not that he’s even doing it out of anger, but more like an impulse. He also has a difficult time listening, especially the first time a direction is given to him. I discussed him with the program director of the daycare and her observation is that his behavior is not typical of someone his age. It may be thought that he’s acting like a boy. Well just as an example, his room has 10 boys (aside from Damien), and only 5 girls. The other boys don’t act like Damien. It’s also known that Damien is incredibly active and the teachers have to watch him closer than the other kids. Anyways, I made a doctor’s appointment for Damien that will hopefully answer some questions. One thing that was mentioned to me was the possibility that milk and/or wheat products could be causing these behavioral issues. Wouldn’t that be something? I’m at least going to experiment with it and see if it yields any results. Fun stuff.

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Damien’s new monkey balance board!

And lastly, Scott was a very sweet husband and sent me some beautiful flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day this year. Makes me feel happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and thank you to Great Grandma Smith for Damien’s Valentine’s Day card. Damien really liked it and likes to talk to me about the dinosaur on the card lol.

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Yes, that is Damien’s hand trying to snatch one prematurely! He called them “delicious”.ย 

 

Christmas Week

Scott is spending the holidays with Damien and me in Virginia and so far it’s been great! Damien is pretty much attached to Scott’s hip ๐Ÿ™‚ and full of energy…even more than usual if you can believe it.

Day 1:

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(Saturday) – Drawing on the magnadoodle

Day 2:

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(Sunday) – Between the jetlag and lack of a nap, both my boys are TIRED! BTW it was 79 degrees outside on Sunday!

Day 3:

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(Monday) – Scott is still unbelievably tired.

Day 4:

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(Tuesday) – Slowing gaining energy
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Fun with Play Doh
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Getting ready for the morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 5 – Christmas Morning!!

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Merry Christmas!
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Damien’s ornament that he made at daycare.
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Damien’s stocking
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So excited!!!

Below is a video of Damien opening most of his presents. He also got a train set (as seen in a picture below), some clothes, and a tablet but I’ll show pictures of his tablet at a later time.

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Playing with all the new toys ๐Ÿ™‚
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Choo Choo!
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Breakfast time! Yummy banana bread from Robin!
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Along with delicious baked goods from Rob and Robin, they also sent us some Pampered Chef items. Thank you! I’m going to have Scott make us some pizza next week to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

For Christmas, Scott got an XBOX ONE and here is a video of Damien and Scott trying out one of the fitness games for the Kinect:

Merry Christmas everyone and Thank You to everyone who sent us something. Damien was very happy today and we still haven’t got to use all his new stuff yet.

Thanksgiving

Since Damien and I were on our own this year for Thanksgiving, I took us to a Thanksgiving buffet on Langley. I chose the earliest time which was 11oo so I could get Damien down for a nap at a decent time. There was only one other family at the buffet for the first 30-40 minutes, but it worked out well because the food was good (the desserts were EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD) and Damien got a good nap in afterwards.

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Damien and I before the buffet. He wasn’t too thrilled about taking a picture at the time ๐Ÿ™‚
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Damien picked out his own dessert — red velvet cake with chocolate and cream cheese frosting!
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While Damien did eat most of the cake himself, I did help a little.
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Another picture! We’re just getting ready to leave.

I know it’s early, but since I have a 4-day weekend it felt like a great time to decorate the house for Christmas. Damien really loves the Christmas lights.

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The finished product. I had to wait until Damien was asleep to decorate the tree.
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This is what Katrina did while I put the lights and ornaments on the tree. Such a good helper!
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From today. Katrina likes to camp out under the tree.

I know we’ve been asked a couple of times what Damien wants/needs for Christmas this year. He’s all set for clothes and he already has winter clothes, hats, and gloves. It’s hard to say what he likes because it’s always changing.

And I do have some really great news–Scott will be able to fly to Virginia to spend Christmas with us this year! I haven’t told Damien yet because I don’t need to hear about it for the next 3 weeks, but I’m very excited ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Happy Halloween!

I took Damien Trick-or-Treating for the first time this Halloween. We just walked up and down our street, but he seemed to enjoy it. The temperature was over 70 degrees last night so we were a little warm which I wasn’t expecting.ย ย I may have mentioned before that Damien was initially scared of his dragon costume, but I’ve been working to slowly get him used to it for the past week so he is okay with wearing it now for short periods of time. He liked to stomp around and roar loudly, but I wasn’t really able to capture that in a video so I just posted one where I’m talking to him just trying to get him to act like he usually does…which is very vocal and active.

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Damien when he was finally excited wearing his costume!
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All set to go Trick-or-Treating!
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Damien’s stash of candy.
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Damien put on my cat ears. Apparently he’s channeling Derek Zoolander LOL

Fall Festival

Friday evening there was a Fall Festival for all the base residents. I finally got to see the off-base housing area and it was REALLY nice and I’m actually pretty disappointed that I didn’t get a home over there instead. They had a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, firefighters with their truck, a DJ, games, and free food! Damien didn’t want to touch the animals which was fine by me. He was actually way more excited about the pumpkin patch. I couldn’t get any pictures of him with the pumpkins because my hands were full. Damien was still afraid of the fire truck, but actually warmed up to it enough to sit inside of it for a minute. We didn’t stay for very long, but I thought it was a very nice event and a good way to start the weekend.

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Dinner time!
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Damien and me
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My big boy in the fire truck!
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Our pumpkins. I haven’t decided whether we’re going to decorate them or not.